I like to eat. I like to eat fast food. I like to eat pizza. I like to drink soda. I sure as hell don't give into all these diet fads. Still, when a movie makes me feel guilty and self conscious about what I'm putting in my body, that's a big deal.
Morgan Spurlock, directing for the first time, decides to do the unthinkable and eat only McDonald's food for an entire month. By the time the thirty days are up, he has to have eaten everything on the menu. He can't exercise, since most people in America don't exercise. He'll only super-size the order if they ask whether he wants to. And by the end of the month, he'll have gained 25 pained and be suffering from all kinds of problems. It isn't "The Jungle," but it's good enough.
Super Size Me is a concise little documentary that really tells us nothing new but points out the sad facts in life that we just accept as truth. Most of us know fast food is bad for us and most of us know that these companies market unhealthy foods at children, but we mainly turn a blind eye. Why? Because the food tastes good! I'm a 22-year old guy. I'm semi-athletic and like to play sports, but I love to drink Pepsi and order pepperoni pizza. I know that they're bad for me, but I don't care - or at least I didn't.
Super Size Me made me want to cut back on my soda drinking - after all, soda is full of sugar and caffeine. I can't even imagine eating fast food more than twice a week. The end result of the film is that I will avoid these foods (partially) for a couple of weeks and then return to my normal behavior, but the film is still noteworthy for making me think about what I'm eating.
Spurlock deserves kudos for his little documentary. It is slick and fast-paced, with a great presentation and a good conglomerate of facts. Again, he never really tells us anything new, but he does point out some major problems in society regarding the food industry.
Though McDonald's won't admit that this movie was their reason, they removed the "Super Size" option from their menu shortly after this film was released.
Super Size Me is an entertaining documentary that everyone should watch, especially parents of little kids who are still in a position to be saved. I may be a lost cause, but something needs to be done to stop the horrifying fat trends that are plaguing this nation and the world.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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